Examples Of Mental Illness In The Yellow Wallpaper

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Mental illnesses, Repression and Women in Nineteenth Century The greater part of the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is about women’s repression. This story is set in the nineteenth century, which was a time that marked great changes in the world. Search for knowledge heightened, new inventions were being made and the industrial revolution triggered a great surge towards development, but the women in that era were still struggling to gain their own identity. The plot of the story is dramatic and dreadful at the same time. The story starts with the narrator describing the grandeur of the house, she talks about her nervous depression, the secret journal, the yellow wallpaper, and her husband’s attitude towards her and the plot unfolds as her obsession with the wallpaper deepens. The author uses the Yellow wallpaper as a symbol of entrapment because…show more content…
She has a strong and distinct imagination which is evident when she described the house they rented as, “A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity”(238). She is writing a diary but she hides it from her husband who does not approve of her writing. John smothers her creativeness by not allowing her to write and stripped her of any way of expression by confining her in an unfamiliar house and constant pressure of not allowing her to be imaginative. “I always fancy I see people walking in these numerous paths and arbors, but John has cautioned me not to give way to fancy in the least. He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency”(241). Many women were pushed to illness by the lifestyle shoved upon them in the form of oppression and societal
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